Monday, February 28, 2011

hannah makes an omelette

last week, i did two very important things:

1. i bought my first ever pack of mushrooms (a food i usually detest)

and i combined this exciting new purchase with other ingredients to:

2. make my first omelette!

i am 22 years old and i love cooking and probably should have mastered the art of the omelette by now, but better late than never, right? i think my first attempt was pretty successful, not to mention delicious.
in other news, i am watching the academy awards. colin firth is so dreamy. and he just won his first award! how has he not earned an oscar before now?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

something for sunday

“therefore i tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. are you not of more value than they? and can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? and why do you worry about clothing? consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet i tell you, even solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. but if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you- you of little faith? therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘what will we eat?’ or ‘what will we drink?’ or ‘what will we wear?’ for it is the gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. but strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. so do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. today’s trouble is enough for today.” matthew 6: 25-34

Sunday, February 20, 2011

something for sunday

“take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” psalm 37:4

Saturday, February 19, 2011

book nerd

though i’m sorry to hear of borders’ financial troubles and though i’m sad to see the waldenbooks at the boone mall close, i was elated to discover that the entire stock is currently 40% off! a book nerd’s paradise! it is comical that i call myself a ‘book nerd’ because i haven’t read a book for pleasure since… january 2010? so sad. i have around 20 books waiting for me to start reading this summer after i graduate!

i went to waldenbooks yesterday and allowed myself one purchase: the hungry girl cookbook. i’d had my eye on it for a while and at 40% off i just couldn’t resist. unfortunately, an idea crept into my head this morning that i should return to waldenbooks to check out the sale again. this afternoon, i left with the following:
  • hungry girl 1-2-3 cookbook
  • the message remix bible
  • unaccustomed earth, jhumpa lahiri
  • the alchemist, paulo coelho
  • a new address book

i spent a significant amount of time in the store today in the children’s section, reminiscing about my old favorites. reading has always been a big deal in my house. my mom, brother, and i all love to read. i remember the first book that i learned to read was hop on pop by dr. seuss. of course, in all actuality i probably had just memorized it and wasn’t really reading it per say. oh well, not my point. my point is that i love books! and i really love children’s books! some of my favorites back in the day were:
  • the berenstain bears series, stan & jan berenstain
  • the jolly postman, allan & janet ahlberg
  • the very hungry caterpillar, eric carle
  • the twelve dancing princesses, ruth sanderson
  • read-aloud bible stories, ella lindvall & h. kent puckett
  • mrs. gigglebelly is coming to tea, donna guthrie
  • the year of the perfect christmas tree, gloria houston
  • the shoe book, ??? (can’t find this online anywhere!)

what were your favorite books when you were young? what was the first book you learned to read?

Friday, February 18, 2011


what is the last song you were obsessed with… really, really obsessed with? i tend to obsess over songs pretty often. i’ll put them on repeat on my itunes and listen to them in my car over and over again. if there’s an official music video on youtube, i’ll shamelessly watch that several times as well. don’t roll your eyes. i know you’ve done the same thing. 

when the film once came out in 2006 and i heard the swell season’s “falling slowly” for the first time, i thought that there would never be a more epic duet. then, on monday, i heard “poison & wine” by the civil wars for the first time. it. is. incredible. it has been out for a while and was even featured on grey’s anatomy in 2009, but somehow i’ve missed it until now!

listening to “poison & wine” on repeat this week has started me thinking of other awesome collaborations and i have been inspired to post my top 10 favorite duets. i took a list of 40 and cut it down to this. eek! click the song title to be directed to youtube. (keep in mind… most of these are not official music videos.)
poison & wine | the civil wars
falling slowly | the swell season
the saltwater room | owl city & breanne duren
swept away (sentimental version) | the avett brothers & bonnie rini
whiskey lullaby | brad paisley & alison krauss
memories (all we need) | the sequel & a mystery girl i don’t know
hallelujah | justin timberlake & charlie sexton
no air | jordin sparks & chris brown (i know, i KNOW people hate chris brown. i still love this song.)
anyone else but you | michael cera & ellen page 

i also asked some of my friends what their favorite duets were. here are a couple that i really liked:
set the fire to the third bar | snow patrol & martha wainwright
home | edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros
(this is a cover. the best cover ever!) 
the prayer | charlotte church & josh groban
“peanut butter and jelly” (thanks, ben carter)
baby it’s cold outside | will ferrell & zooey deschanel
that’s it, folks! if you have a burning desire for me to hear your favorite duet that wasn’t mentioned here, leave it in a comment!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

love in her eyes and flowers in her hair

valentine’s day is officially over. you are now allowed to a) cry because you’ve already eaten all of your chocolate and your roses are slowly dying or b) breathe a sigh of relief that you have 364 more days to enjoy before you are made aware of your single-ness again or c) smile because you had a great day and enjoyed celebrating with the ones that you love. or maybe it’s some combination of a, b, & c. or maybe it’s something else entirely. those are just my best guesses. at any rate, i had a new experience on valentine’s day this year that i feel compelled to write about:

i won a blind, double valentine’s day date with the editor-in-chief of my school newspaper. come again? yes, i who have never won anything, won a date. i entered the contest for several reasons, but mainly because it was something outside of my comfort zone and also because i knew i wouldn’t have anything more exciting to do on february 14th. liles, my date, wrote a pre-date article, which i found very interesting although i read it after our “wacky” date. so here i am, a humble blogger, ready to comment on my evening.

i had never been on a blind date before. the only information i was given was to expect liles on my doorstep at 7 pm and a free dinner at paolucci’s. ok, i could handle that. even better: liles was on my doorstep at 7 pm with roses. excellent! the other two win a date participants were mary elizabeth (lifestyles editor) and her date, kader. these two already knew each other. the four of us enjoyed good conversation over a delicious dinner. i laughed a lot, smiled a lot, learned a lot about newspaper production and had a wonderful time.

in his article, liles mentions the picture the appalachian ran of me last week. though perhaps captivating, this image told him little about me. now that our date is over, i realize that the questions he entertained beforehand were never answered during the course of the night.
  • “what kind of music she is into” | oh, i love it all. today i’ve been listening to my favorite love songs from performers across many genres. recently i’ve been listening to jimmy eat world albums on repeat.
  • “what she likes to do for fun” | test new recipes, watch movies, spend time at price lake (when it is warm!), blog, go to concerts, organize things
  • “what she hates to hear people talk about” | i’m a communication major. i pretty much love to talk about everything. 

i had never seen “5 things you should know before dating a journalist,” but it’s an awesome piece: “so, you’ve been eyeing that smart, attractive journalist you’re lucky enough to know personally. you’re intrigued.” i did not know liles personally before tonight, but i am certainly intrigued. as for a second date? i suppose we’ll have to wait to read mr. neal’s account of his date with the girl with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

something for sunday

"to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore. amen." jude 1: 24-25

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

big things!

oh, you thought i was always overreacting about always being busy? ha! i had an idea to do a photo post of some of the neat things i've encountered in the past week. however, i think that the following photo will sum up why i do not have time to do that right now:

(yes, it is color coded by class. stop laughing at me.) 87 days until i graduate! whew!

Monday, February 7, 2011

something for sunday

there are a lot of worship songs that i love, but this one always, ALWAYS encourages me. we sang it during our church service this morning:

light the fire | written by bill maxwell

"i stand to praise you
but i fall on my knees
my spirit is willing
but my flesh is so weak

so light the fire (light the fire)
in my soul (in my weary soul)
fan the flame (fan the flame)
make me whole (make my spirit whole)
Lord, you know (Lord, you know)
just where i've been (where i've been)
so light the fire in my heart again

i feel Your arms around me
as the power of Your healing begins
Your spirit moves through me
like a mighty rushing wind

so light the fire (light the fire)
in my soul (in my weary soul)
fan the flame (fan the flame)
make me whole (make my spirit whole)
Lord, you know (Lord, you know)
just where i've been (where i've been)
so light the fire in my heart again"

cheesiest youtube video ever of this song

Thursday, February 3, 2011


i have been reflecting a lot this week on my flaws. i know exactly what my greatest flaws are (as will you, shortly), yet i rarely do anything to attempt to correct them. i've decided that maybe now is a good time to embrace and change some of mine and perhaps you will be inspired to do the same.

i bet you've heard the quote "i myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." but do you know who said those words? his name is augusten burroughs and he is a fascinating individual. i googled him and found his website. you should check it out. anyway, i digress.

i have three very troublesome flaws that i would like to confess today:

I HAVE NO PATIENCE. none. zip. zero. zilch. i want what i want and i want it now. actually, i probably wanted it yesterday. this could be something as simple as waiting on a friend to get ready to go out to dinner or as complex as wanting to know who i'm going to marry. (both of those things i am super impatient about!) i am very self motivated and #independent. i like to move at my own pace (literally... all of my friends tell me i walk too fast) and it bothers me when other people aren't keeping up. i have struggled, especially recently, to remember that there is a plan for my life that i need to follow at God's pace, not my own. i am learning to be more patient, but it is difficult and it is certainly my greatest flaw.

I CARE TOO MUCH WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK. this has been a flaw of mine for as long as i can remember. i'm (secretly?) self conscious. i hate the feeling of being judged and i live in constant fear that somebody doesn't like me. one time, on the first day of class for the semester, i left my class schedule at the apartment and couldn't remember which classroom i was supposed to be in. when i finally figured it out, i was afraid to go to the room and walk in 10 minutes late because the students would be judging me. so instead, i didn't go at all. isn't that crazy? that happened three years ago and i'd like to think that i've gotten better since then, but you get the picture. i care. a lot. i need to start believing in the confidence that i possess deep down there somewhere.

I AM A GOOD LIAR. this may sound odd/surprising at first, but i truly believe that it is one of my greatest flaws. i have the unfortunate gift of being able to make people believe things that simply aren't true. i don't do it all the time, of course! but i have, in the past, been known to blatantly ignore the truth because i know that i can. maybe i should work for the cia as a spy! in all seriousness, this is something that i need to change. for the lies i have told, i apologize.

what are your flaws?